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Why is Tire Rotation Important?

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When it comes to your tire care, you may be wondering why you rotate tires. Tire rotation is an often overlooked aspect of car maintenance which is actually essential to keeping your vehicle running in optimal condition and maintaining its value. Tires do not wear evenly, therefore rotating your tires routinely keeps the wear and tear even. Read ahead to learn more about tire rotation, including how often to rotate your tires, and visit Dover Honda to book your next tire rotation service appointment.

How Does Drivetrain Affect Which Tires Need Rotation?

The drivetrain your vehicle has determines the wear on the vehicle’s tire tread. Every time you accelerate, take a turn, brake and navigate the streets of Dover, your tire’s treads are wearing out at various rates.

  • Front-wheel drive vehicles: Front-wheel drive vehicles rely on the engine to power the front tires to accelerate, steer, and stop the car. This means that the front wheels are bearing the brunt of the work and will wear out first.
  • Rear-wheel drive: In rear-wheel drive vehicles, the front tires are responsible for acceleration, turning, and braking – however the engine powers the rear wheels to accelerate the car. This means that the rear wheels will wear out more quickly, but the rate is slower than the front-wheel drive.
  • All-wheel drive: All-wheel drive vehicles are dependent on the engine powering each of the four wheels. It is intuitive to expect this to indicate wear over all four wheels, but experts maintain that the rear wheels are subject to wear and tear at a greater rate.
  • Intelligent all-wheel drive systems: Driving at various speeds and taking curves and turns generally means that the inside and outside tires will experience various stresses leading to wear on the tires. The newer advanced all-wheel drive systems alleviate strain on individual tires by balancing the impact when taking curves and turns while driving which helps even out the wear on individual tires.

How Often Do You Rotate Tires?

Rotating your tires routinely evens out the wear and extends the life of your tires, and it also ensures other aspects of your vehicle run smoothly. It is recommended that you rotate your tires every oil change, or 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If your Honda owner’s manual does not require oil changes at this frequency, plan to rotate your tires every six months. If you are in doubt of when to rotate tires, contact our certified service technicians for expert advice and direction.

What Does Rotating Tires do for Performance & Safety?

So you know how to rotate tires, but what does rotating tires do besides increase tire life? If you fail to schedule this routine maintenance, the following disastrous consequences are possible:

  • A tire blowout
  • Flat tires
  • Poor tire traction leading to skidding on the roads
  • Rapidly deteriorating brake pads

Keep Your Vehicle in Tip-Top Shape at Dover Honda

To learn more about keeping your tires in excellent condition, visit Dover Honda. Schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in for its next tire rotation, and keep your tires in excellent condition.

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